Just read a back issue of our local newspaper – dated May 10, 2008 – written during the pope’s visit to the United States. So, excuse me if I am a little stale dated here on this posting.
It talks about the relationship between “two churches” – the Roman Catholic Church and the Mormon Church. It appears that during one of the pope’s prayer services while visiting the United States he was joined by representatives of the Mormon Church.
This is followed up by a concern expressed by a new letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy issued before the pope’s visit expressing some “grave reservations” being expressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith – the Roman Catholic Church’s watchdog group regarding doctrine.
It seems the Mormons have been asking the Roman Catholic clergy to open their records so that the Mormons can then use the information obtained for the “proxy baptisms” of deceased Catholics by Mormons. The Roman Catholic Church is politely calling this a “detrimental practice”.
Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, believe that by performing such baptisms they can offer their ancestors the chance to become Mormons after death. So the Roman Catholic Church is seeking to stop Mormons from posthumously baptizing Catholic ancestors and thus making them Mormons. Parish registers are no longer open or available to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Interesting! The Church that “talks to the dead” (praying to the saints and to Mary) is refusing permission to the Church that “baptizes for the dead”. Ironic. Maybe what we really have is two cults talking to each other.
Just a thought.